Daily Commitments to Live By

Today, I will reflect on what peace means to me.

Today, I will look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.

Today, I will practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth by making good use of her resources.

Today, I will take time to admire and appreciate nature.

Today, I will plant seeds, plants or constructive ideas.

Today, I will hold a vision of plenty for all the world’s hungry and be open to guidance as to how I can help alleviate some of the hunger.

Today, I will acknowledge every human being’s fundamental right to justice, equity, and equality.

Today, I will appreciate the earth’s bounty and all of those who work to make my food available (i.e., grower, trucker, grocery clerk, cook, waitress, etc.)

Today, I will work to understand and respect another culture.

Today, I will oppose injustice, not people.

Today, I will look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.

Today, I will choose to be aware of what I talk about and I will refuse to gossip.

Today, I will live in the present moment and release the past.

Today, I will speak with kindness, respect, and patience to every person that I talk with on the telephone.

Today, I will affirm my value and worth with positive “self talk” and refuse to put myself down.

Today, I will tell the truth and speak honestly from the heart.

Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another.

Today, I will choose to use my talents to serve others by volunteering a portion of my time.

Today, I will say a blessing for greater understanding whenever I see evidence of crime, vandalism or graffiti.

Today, I will say “No” to ideas or actions that violate me or others.

Today, I will turn off anything that portrays or supports violence whether on television, in the movies, or on the Internet.

Today, I will greet this day-everyone and everything-with openness and acceptance as if I was encountering them for the first time.

Today, I will drive with tolerance and patience.

Today, I will constructively channel my anger, frustration or jealousy into healthy physical activities (i.e., doing sit ups, picking up trash, taking a walk, etc.)

Today, I will take time to appreciate the people who provide me with challenges in my life, especially those who make me angry or frustrated.

Today, I will talk less and listen more.

Today, I will notice the peacefulness in the world around me.

Today, I will recognize that my actions directly affect others.

Today, I will take time to tell a family member of friend how much they mean to me.

Today, I will acknowledge and thank someone for acting kindly.

Today, I will send a kind, anonymous message to someone.

Today, I will identify something special in everyone I meet.

Today, I will discuss ideas about nonviolence with a friend to gain new perspectives.

Today, I will practice praise rather than criticism

Today, I will strive to learn from my mistakes.

Today, I will tell at least one person they are special and important.

Today, I will hold children tenderly in thought and/or action.

Today, I will listen without defending and speak without judgment.

Today, I will help someone in trouble.

Today, I will listen with an open heart to at least one person.

Today, I will treat the elderly I encounter with respect and dignity.

Today, I will treat the children I encounter with respect and care, knowing that I serve as a model to them.

Today, I will see my co-workers in a new light—with understanding and compassion.

Today, I will be open to other ways of thinking and acting that are different from my own.

Today, I will think of at least three alternate ways I can handle a situation when confronted with conflict.

Today, I will work to help others resolve differences.

Today, I will express my feeling honestly and nonviolently with respect for myself and others.

Today, I will sit down with my family for one meal.

Today, I will set an example of a peacemaker by promoting nonviolent responses.

Today, I will use no violent language.

Today, I will pause for reflection.

Today, I will hold no one hostage to the past, seeing each-as I see myself-as a work in process.

Today, I will make a conscious effort to smile at someone whom I have held a grudge against in the past.

Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness by apologizing to someone whom I have hurt in the past.

Today, I will reflect on whom I need to forgive and take at least one step in that direction.

Today, I will forgive myself.

Today, I will embrace the spiritual belief of my heart in my own personal and reflective way.

Today, I will enlarge my capacity to embrace difference and appreciate the value of every human being.

Today, I will be compassionate in my thoughts, words, and actions.

Today, I will cultivate my moral strength and courage through education and creative nonviolent action.

Today, I will practice compassion and forgiveness for myself and others.

Today, I will use my talents to serve others as well as myself.

Today, I will serve humanity by dedicating myself to a vision greater than myself.

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